Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Pilot Practicum

A big thanks to our students Akira, Caitlin, Maria and Sarah! Practicums can be hard at the best of times but doing it online, following a brief, must have been extremely tricky. However, the biggest test of all, when designing activities, is the activation with the chosen audience. On Tuesday, the last week of term, Room 8 Delta's had the pleasure of testing out a Site and activities made specifically for them with the actual designers!

I think when you hear comments like, "I don't want to go to lunch, I want to keep playing this game" and "When I heard the students were coming in I was scared as I didn't think I would understand but when I asked them to break it down they did and now I understand and it's easy and fun!"
The other students in class were a bit miffed they weren't able to participate in the fun and learning... THAT is truely the sign of a successful lesson! Not to worry they will get a chance next term!
Well done, Akira, Caitlin, Maria and Sarah!

When you have other teachers in your classroom it's a wonderful opportunity to learn and see a different perspective. Teaching is a collaborative profession and I'm so glad we had the opportunity to support, share and benefit from this great opportunity!
Many thanks to Akira, Caitlin, Maria and Sarah!

Hoping you can all visit Rm 8 again!

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Science @ Technocraft

Nothing like finishing off the term with some real specimens! Yr 8's found out all about the importance of docking our sheep... all because of flies! Class were in shock!
And then along came the mummified possum!

Art @ Technocraft

Our last day of our Yr 7's doing Art at Pakuranga Intermediate. The focus this term was on contrast, tint and tone! Some amazing pieces of art... hoping some of them might be left at school for our class walls. Fingers crossed!

Science and Measuring

The importance of measuring for success especially in science experiments. Measuring according to ml on a beaker and a measuring spoon... 2 different applications but same measurement system. How has the level of the beakers changed since adding the contents of the spoon? What about the coloration of your liquids? So many things to consider and comment on using scientific observation and language.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Practicum Problems

The gift of Covid has allowed our universities to rethink learning and practise. Room 8 has had the privilege of having four future teachers work with us, assisting our learning by designing activities to support our understanding of LCM in fractions. These wonderful students have built a Google Site which includes quirky video instructions, games, fun worksheets and interactive quizzes. Also included is a feedback form for the students to fill in. With the thought and preparation that has gone into their Site I feel our future generations will be in good hands! This coming week Room 8 will test drive the Site and hopefully get to meet the creators!

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Drama to Rebuild and Heal

Room 8 has just completed a piece of Drama through Te Rito Toi as part of our coming back to school following Covid 19. We ditched our devices for a few weeks and focussed on Drama to re-build our relationships (face to face), to speak without speaking and to share without sharing... in reality to Heal! By using Drama, specifically set around the tale 'The Green Children' we were able to address our fears, concerns and beliefs and relate these not only to ourselves but also to current events/issues the world is facing today.

And now there is a rash...

More news has been reported from another family in the village...

Those Green Kids...

After much debate and discussion in family groups a reporter was added to write an article about how the families felt about the Green Children and their appearance in the village.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Te Rito Toi

Thanks to Stacey and Caitlin from Applied Theatre, Te Rito Toi, Professor Peter O'Connor and Selina Tusitala Marsh for leading, supporting and sharing their wisdom and creative ideas.

This week in Room 8 we DITCHED DIGITAL to focus on the Arts for meaning making and the renewal of hope. As Peter O'Connor says "Grounded in Papatūānuku, Te Rito Toi is at the centre and soul of healing, for even amongst the chaos of seasonal transitions, elemental effects and changes, Te Rito remains strong as the heart of the kōrari (harakeke).

 Our focus over the past week has been building 'My Why' Poem (Selina Tusitala Marsh) and a drama around the Tale 'The Green Children' (University Melbourne).

 This week;

I have heard laughter, discussion, chat and the sharing of personal insight...

I have seen smiles, collaboration, compassion and determination...

I have felt a sense of belonging and pride.

I see our Hope Soar and I feel our are Souls Healing!

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Shiny Day

Another day to Zhuzh... this was a challenge from our in-school juniors! We had to come to school/hangout in our 'shiny' or in other words 'sparkly' stuff! Thanks to all of you who participated! We had sparkly clothes, hats, ornaments and even a shiny foil face mask! BUT ...drum roll------ the winner was.... Harley!
Thanks Harley (and Mum) for making us all smile! What a treat for us to have a countdown and then the Great Illumination!!

Direction, position and Orientation During Lockdown

Hangouts can be tricky so there is always a need to Zhuzh them up.
Yesterday was Oral language Zhuzh day... I speak, you draw and I hope like heck my directions are understandable!
It was fun and I'm thinking successful as the drawings were fairly close to the oral directions--- not bad for Virtual Listening!
And the winners were: Aleenah and Christian (who also added in perspective!)

We also had some other great instruction followers: Mrs Collins (who was also our Judge and Jury)

Mo'ona, Summer and Kyle! Thanks for sharing your work and listening so carefully to all those instructions!

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Caring For Our Environment At Home

What could be better... caring for our place and having fun at the same time! Well done Ripata Whanau!

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Animae and Covid 19

Kahoot day on the block! We started with an Animae and ended with Covid-19.
And the leaders were......

Thanks Room 8 for making me smile every morning! Missing you all!!

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

The Hunt is On!

Scavenging has been part of our last few Hangouts in Rm 8. Fortunately we have had the amazing Mrs Collins as our judge and adjudicator! Congratulations to our winners Kena and Chadwick... though I think Kena's mum might also need thanking for her juggling skills in the kitchen!!
Thanks Rm 8 for making us all smile!

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Senses By George

I lay on the green soft grass my eyes come into contact with the lovely clouds covering the sun, as I watch the cars driving by.

I hear the engines from cars roaring louder and louder. My ears instantly detect people, other people’s chit chatting. Hearing the sounds of bird chirping and singing, it sounded really great.

My nose caught the smell of fresh air flowing through the air entering my nostrils. I could smell the food from across the street.

I feel incredibly happy and grateful to be in this world, I’ve never been so grateful in my life. As I look up into the sky, it gave me old vibes - just looking back at the old days.

Something is Very Different!

School starts differently today!
Augustine Ripata

Today, my siblings and I got ready for one of the weirdest day of our lives. We changed in appropriate clothes,  brushed our teeth, and had breakfast. Then, as soon as it struck 9:00am, school for us started at home. I know what you are saying: 'Why is there school during lock down?' Well, the school I go to (I know most schools are doing this) have classes online. My siblings and I started school at home by doing work on paper and electronic device. My class has a daily time table and here it is:

I can do all the activities shown on the timetable or some, but I wanted to complete them all.

Today was weird, it was weird for me because I never had school at home. I think this is the first time in school's history that this happened. It was also pretty weird to talk and see my friends, my teacher, and my principal at their homes through google hangouts. 

I completed all the activities for today, and I am very happy that I have done it. 

I am looking forward to work some more tomorrow, and to hangout again with my teacher and my friends.

Allenah's Favourite Food in Lockdown!

My Favourite Food I Make At Home
I keep making this and it's irrestable. I love everything about it and hope you do too.

You will need:
  • A bread knife
  • Spread or butter - I'm using Lurpak
  • Bread
  • Plate
  • Sugar - Only  little bit
  • Air fryer
P.S - I washed my hands and if
you didn't see, I air fryed my 
toast to 5 minutes
and please mute!

A hoot with Kahoot!

Great way to start our day! Congrats to Aleenah, Veronica and Mrs C for their success today...wondering if tomorrows podium may change? Happy Distance Learning Room 8! Am missing all of you and your beautiful smiles!

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

St Patrick's Day

St Patrick, our Patron Saint... 100 prayers per day. From being kidnapped at 16 and taken to Ireland as a slave, to becoming a missionary and bishop who established monasteries, schools and churches throughout Ireland. What an amazing Patron Saint!

Fun and games to celebrate St Patrick's Day!

And then... 'Makedo' to finish off the day!

Looking forward to the end result... Irish Castles! 

Monday, February 24, 2020

Leaders @ St Patrick's

Today we celebrated the nomination of our House Leaders and Traffic Safety monitors. Congratulations goes to those students who have shown not only their amazing
leadership skills but also service to the community.

                                               House Leaders:
                                      Rimu: Augustine and George
                                      Rata: Matheus and Aleenah
                                      Totara: Kena and Asinate
                                      Kauri:Anamaria and Summer

                                             Traffic Safety Monitors
                                     Harley, Augustine, Roneeza, 
                                     Aleenah, Veronica, Anamaria

Saturday, February 15, 2020


Another fabulous drama session with Stacey from Applied Theatre this time with a poetry focus.
After discussion, freeze frames, role on the wall, panel hot seating and a written activity the class were given only 3 minutes to collaborate and recreate a poem using the same theme... the level of engagement was inspiring and the results... breathtaking.